Dogs with Jobs

Meet the frontline workers of the canine world

Shine Radio celebrates the key workers of the canine world, and admires the intelligence and skill of working dogs.

Join presenter Kate Fairweather and some of the most talented working dogs you could wish to meet, ready to handle everything their jobs throw at them. 

“What an intelligent and considered interview by the host. Could listen to this type of interview all day over. Proper Dog Folk Chat.” 

#8, UK’s Best 25 Pet Podcasts, Feedspot 2024

#5, UK’s Best 25 Pet Podcasts, Feedspot 2023.

Podcast of the Year, Community Radio Awards 2022. 

Do you know a hard-working dog?  Let us know at team@shineradio.uk or reach us on Petersfield (01730) 555 500 via the dog and bone.

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latest episodes

How working dogs’ brains have evolved for their funtion

How working dogs’ brains have evolved for their funtion

We know breeding is important for working dogs. Yet we know little about their brains.
How might a guide dog’s brain differ from that of a hunting hound?
Can a dog have ADHD? Find out from Sophie Barton of the Working Breeds Study at Harvard University.

Police Dog Ted, the explosives detection dog

Police Dog Ted, the explosives detection dog

Meet P.D. Ted, a highly specialised police dog.
Explosives detection is a highly specialised discipline, and carries high stakes. Handler and instructor, P.C. Damo Smart explains what he looks for in an explo dog and what it takes to search at this level – and to search safely.  

Bakersfield and Strike compete in heelwork to music at Crufts

Bakersfield and Strike compete in heelwork to music at Crufts

Meet Bakersfield and Strike, relaxing in the dressing room, during a break between performing. These two collies are competing at the highest level in the Heelwork to Music competition at Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show. 
It’s a wonderful world of spangly costumes and artistic endeavour.

Jax, the victim recovery dog

Jax, the victim recovery dog

A fascinating glimpse into the world of Jax, a police victim recovery dog.
There are fewer than 40 dogs working in this highly specialised field. P.C. Felicity Thomas of the Hampshire Police talks training, rewards and the thrill of the search on the latest Dogs with Jobs.

Bonnie the bed bug detection dog

Bonnie the bed bug detection dog

Warmer winters and international travel are making bed bugs increasingly common. They can hitch a ride on almost any fabric and so have become a concern for the hospitality industry in particular. Hear how Bonnie’s owner ensures her performance is up to scratch in this month’s Dogs with Jobs.

Meet the detection dogs Molly, Storm, Nelson and Piper

Meet the detection dogs Molly, Storm, Nelson and Piper

Five detection dogs are surveying a remote Scottish island, to confirm the existence of a new colony of storm petrels, a shy, nocturnal, ground nesting bird which is new to Scotland’s east coast. How did they get on?

Nica, Nettle and Phoenix, the Japanese knotweed detection dogs

Nica, Nettle and Phoenix, the Japanese knotweed detection dogs

It’s the 50th edition of Dogs with Jobs! To celebrate, presenter Kate Fairweather interviews a trio of Japanese knotweed dogs, whose energy and spectacular talent is focused entirely on the fight against
the UK’s most unloved invasive species.

Barley the conservation dog and his international projects

Barley the conservation dog and his international projects

Meet Barley, a veteran conservationist who has travelled all over the U.S. and Guatemala in the course of a varied and glittering career. His many projects include identifying invasive zebra mussels and declining wildcat species. Conservationist and wildlife biologist Kayla Fratt explains the qualities that make him so good at his job.